Posts Tagged ‘ Canadian economy ’

PM Harper’s spin-doctor boasts about Canadian economy are wearing thin ..

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Australia’s June employment numbers were released today, and they caused some domestic concern: “Australia’s employers cut 27,000 jobs last month, sending the jobless rate higher.” The national unemployment rate actually increased to 5.2%, up from 5.1% in May 2012. But hey, wait a minute. Our Canada-wide unemployment rate in June was 7.2%. As some like […]



Canada Budget 2012 .. “terminus of Tory radicalism” or “conservative nation”?

Mar 30th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

There is something to be said for the argument that sowing confusion among his enemies has become one of the mature Stephen Harper’s most skilfully wielded political weapons. And, whatever else,  yesterday’s 2012 federal budget succeeds brilliantly at the task. As a case in point see “Ministers tout ‘modest’ Tory plan to slash spending, shrink […]



“Pres Obama & Canadian PM to make statement any moment” .. is new Canada-US border deal worth it?

Dec 8th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Susan Bonner on CBC TV, reporting from Washington, had just said that the new Canada-US border deal (aka US-Canada border deal ) just wasn’t on anyone’s radar in the USA. No one there was paying attention. So I was a little surprised when, flipping to my favourite US political TV channel, MSNBC, I saw the […]



The latest grim trends … and the “best single article I’ve read on the current phase of the economic crisis”

Sep 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

A little too unhappily, this week began with reports from our Canadian banks on slower growth prospects for the domestic economy. See, eg, on Monday, September 12: “Canada’s growth to slow, RBC says” ; and then, just one day later: “Canada could be 1st into recession, bank warns.” At the bottom of these prognostications were […]



7 steps to heaven in the Globe and Mail .. as the economy goes guess where?

Aug 5th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

It used to be the Canadian English language newspaper of record. It may be somewhat less than that now? But the current online version is still where a person like me looks first, laid back on the waterfront in a much-hated big city. And here’s what I seem to be getting, at the end of […]



Saying yes to Canada by voting no … two cheers for the death of the TMX-LSE merger deal

Jun 29th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Shortly before 1 PM ET today it was announced that the “proposed merger of the TMX Group Inc. with the London Stock Exchange Group PLC is dead.” As explained by the official TMX statement: “TMX Group Inc. has agreed with London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) to terminate their merger agreement … A majority of […]



LSE-TMX merger/takeover .. how many debates about the economics of the Canadian future can we have in 2011?

Feb 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

In 1933 the incomparable Percy Robinson published his still too-neglected minor classic, Toronto during the French Regime, 1615–1793. In the book’s last chapter he noted how, in the 1930s, the capital city of Ontario (then still only the second-largest city in Canada, behind Montreal) was “the citadel of British sentiment in America.” Over the subsequent […]



Will cannabis users smoke their cars in Canada 2020 (or can “the Kestrel” make it in global auto electrification game)?

Aug 26th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Assuming it’s real, the recent CBC news story “Cannabis electric car to be made in Canada” offers various varieties of food for thought. In fact the story is so intriguing that it’s all too easy to think it’s too good to be true. This is just the CBC trying to get back at Stephen Harper, […]



Jesus puts his money in the Bank of Montreal .. Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Aug 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 24,  25, 27]. We first heard the (almost certainly false?) prophecy that the Bank of Montreal is in some kind of quite serious difficulty from twitterings on the net. One source is something called Washington’s Blog, which posted a short piece headlined “Is the Bank of Montreal (Canada’s 4th Largest Bank) About to […]